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BC3101 - Genes, Genomes and Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

For students who do not have the required pre-requisites, please seek advice from the Discipline Academic Advisor to enrol

Following the elucidation of the complete genome of a number of different organisms the study of the function and regulation of individual genes has taken on greater significance. These lectures describe the diverse mechanisms of gene regulation in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes and the techniques used to study them. The lectures also describe how different cells differentiate and develop and introduces the molecular basis of embryology and genome evolution.

Learning Outcomes

  • to understand methods for studying gene structure and function and bioinformatics;
  • to understand the diversity of genetic regulatory mechanisms;
  • to understand the molecular bases of animal development;
  • to understand the cellular and molecular bases of evolution;
  • to understand the DNA methylation and epigenetics;
  • to understand transgenic animal technologies.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (10%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Research report - (10%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve a pass mark (at least 50%) across the examination component of the subject AND Achieve a pass mark (at least 50%) overall in the subject (i.e. based on both practical and examination performance)

Prerequisites: BC2023
BC3010 BC3021 BC4301 BC5101 ML4301 GG3101


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Professor David Whitmore, Professor David Miller
Lecturers: Dr Roger Huerlimann, Miss Sandra Infante Villamil, Professor David Bourne, Dr Dena Francis, Professor David Miller, Dr Ira Cooke.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 50 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.